Tuesday, November 8, 2011

hipsta light fantastic

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We've seen all kinds of gorgeous light flowing through the flickr pool and on the blog here over the past few weeks. It's really quite amazing what light can do to a photo--whether we carefully set our aperture and use our lens in some way to capture wonderful flare and bokeh, or we purposefully angle ourselves in just the right place at the right time to maximize nature's sparkling beauty.

Me? I went straight to my iPhone for this theme. Your mobile phone can be a fun and unique way to capture light. Just throw all the technical stuff out the window and shoot straight into the morning sun as I did above. A partially blocked sun can be magical too, or watch what happens when you place the sun just off to the side of your photo as in keenemomma's stunning image below. Just click, and let the app do the rest for unpredictable results!

These two photos were taken using the Hipstamatic app with different lens and film combinations, but there are plenty of other ways to achieve interesting light effects with your mobile phone--I like format126 for a bright orange sun and iDarkroom can be fun if you like to play with light leaks for that toy camera look. And of course, these images aren't limited to the iPhone--you can get fantastic results with your droid phones too. Remember, it's all about getting out there and experimenting with different combinations. The effects can be wild and wonderful...let your mobile phone surprise you!

~christy {urban muser}

The tinge of Florida fall in the lovely morning light, as Lucas sees it.

the tinge of florida fall in the lovely morning light, as lucas sees it, by keenemomma

11 comments:

shirley said...

Beautiful! I love the flare both images use to emphasize the light.

Anna said...

Christy, I do love the captures that come from iPhones and apps! Great shots, very contemporary in feel! Guess I better move out of the dark ages and get me an iphone one of these days :)

lisa said...

This is a wonderful post Christy. Thank you!!
I know for me at least, my iPhone does not get nearly as much use as it deserves. Some truly beautiful images can be made with it, and a little experimentation.

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

great post christy! i'm finding that just by angling my ipod i can get all kinds of great light. thanks for the tips!

this is Belgium said...

I am learing about the Hipsta from you ! Merci beaucoup!

Anika said...

Great post-totally agree! You can capture a great moment using ANY kind of camera...and shooting into the light and breaking some of the rules can make for a very special image, a very special moment.

esra said...

wonderful post and beautiful images of light.. love the flare in both...

Andrea said...

thank you so much for featuring one of my photos! what an honor! this is a great post. hopefully it will inspire others to start clickin' with their phones. :)

Kirstin said...

Oh yes, Christy! These are gorgeous pictures. And hurrah for flare!

Becs said...

Gorgeous photos, love the flare and yet another reason why I want an iphone!

SpilledInkGuy said...

iSoWant an iPhone.
Of course I wouldn't mind having an eye like yours either, U.M.! Wonderful!

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